Interesting Facts about Soccer – Soccer Fun Facts
August 3, 2016
Soccer became an Olympic sport in the year 1908.
The Romans played a game named ‘harpastum’, which can be said to be the ancestor of the modern game of soccer. In fact, FIFA recognizes that no historical connection exists with any game that was played in antiquity outside Europe.
The game supposedly came to the United States in the 1850s through New Orleans. Some versions even talk about a ball that was first used which was the head of a Dutch brigand. it is believed that Scottish, Irish, and German immigrants brought the game here with them. In 14th century England, the game was banned by King Edward III for being too violent and also excess military indulgence, but ironically, the first ever soccer match was played in Derby, in England itself. This was around the time of the Han Dynasty, around 200 BC. However, its origins can be traced to China, more than 2,200 years ago. It is also believed that in medieval times, kicking, punching, biting, and gouging was allowed during the game.. In the early days of the game, referees used to wave a handkerchief to control the players and the game, and whistles were introduced in the game only in the year 1878.
Undoubtedly, the sport is most popular in Europe and South America. It is also believed that the game developed at the Newgate Prison in London, in the early 1800s, where those prisoners whose hands were cut off for crimes like robbery, came up with a game that could be played by the feet.
The popularity of soccer spread rapidly during the 1800s, as British sailors, traders, and soldiers took the game with them and introduced it to different corners of the world where they traveled
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